Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Jazz as Activist Music

Presented by: 
School of Music
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 3:00pm
Voxman Music Building
93 East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Recital Hall
School of Music

Lecture recital

1. Damani Phillips, Presenter and saxophone
2. Turner Center Jazz Orchestra (Full big band: 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 5 Trumpets, Pno, Bass, Drums)
3. Tina Haas-Findlay, vocals

Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights

During the Civil Rights movement, many musicians joined African-Americans in using their musical voice as a catalyst in demanding change in America. While popular music artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and James Brown were more overt in voicing their opposition to the status quo through their music, many overlook the more subtle sonic contributions that jazz musicians made to this righteous cause. On Saturday, February 9th (3pm), UI professor of jazz and African-American Studies Damani Phillips will combine forces with the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra (of Des Moines) in presenting “Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Jazz as Activist Music,” a one-of-a-kind collaboration which highlights 7 prevalent examples of how jazz music echoed the cultural sentiments of African-Americans in the years leading up to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Through the combined use of live performance (featuring the TCJO), spoken remarks (providing context/backstory for the program selections) and a visual display, the program offers a unique synergy of historical narrative and performance demonstration meant to both entertain AND educate. The program is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by the UI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Division of the Performing Arts and the UI School of Music.





What’s Goin’ On     Benson/Cleveland/M. Gaye / arr. L. Hooper

A - That’s Freedom     Thad Jones (1923–1986)


Formal program:

Strange Fruit     Abel Meeropol (1903–1986) / arr. A. Classen
               Tina Haase Findlay, vocals

Black, Brown and Beige Suite     Edward “Duke” Ellington (1899–1974)
     I. Movement 1, Part 1: Work Song
     II. Movement 1, Part 3: Come Sunday
               Tina Haase Findlay, vocals

Fables of Faubus     Charles Mingus (1922–1979) / arr. Steve Slagle

Mississippi Goddamn     Eunice Waymon (1933–2003)
               Tina Haase Findlay, vocals

Alabama     John Coltrane (1926–1967)


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the sponsoring department or contact person listed in advance of the event.